Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Defrocked for faithfulness
At their meeting on 8 April 2015, the Cathedral Chapter of the Archdiocese of Turku decided to defrock five pastors serving in the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland: Rev Sakari Korpinen, Rev Miika Nieminen, Rev Dr Anssi Simojoki, Rev Markku Sumiala and Rev Dr Martti Vaahtoranta.
Bishop Risto Soramies of the Mission Diocese states that the now-defrocked pastors will nevertheless continue ministering to the congregations of the Mission Diocese.
– They have not lost their Office in our congregations. From our perspective, their call to serve in the Office of the Ministry remains even though they no longer have the right to act as pastors within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
Rev Miika Nieminen denies breaking his ordination vows, despite such claims by the Cathedral Chapter.
– I surely stand guilty of many transgressions before my Holy God, even as a pastor, but in different matters and in a different way from that which the Cathedral Chapter implies.
– When I wrote my response to the Cathedral Chapter, I did so relying on the word of the Scriptures. That is the supreme authority in the Lutheran Church, and to that I, too, have committed myself in my vows.
Read more from one of those pastors here. . .
What I can do from the safety of my parish, many pastors must do at risk of their own church body refusing them and their offices. . . pray for these brothers and their families and, of course, the cause of faithfulness!